I am a HUGE fireplace fan! I grew up with one, and my husband and I haven’t had one in years and I was so excited when we bought our house that it had a fireplace and mantel! Our home was built in 1996 and has A LOT of honey wood and just feels a bit dated. I have always been a fan of white wood and furnishings in my home and I couldn’t wait to turn our mantel white. Here is the before and after!
My husbands birthday just passed and when I asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he said coupons! Coupons for things he rarely gets to do…like sleep in, now that we have kids. I love that he loves homemade things and doesnt want me to spend money! Handmade coupon books are an easy and quick gift to make…and if you have a Cricut Explore machine or any other cutting/crafting machine…it gives them just a little bit of a cleaner more professional look.
In my Cricut Design Space…I simply went to “Insert Images,” and typed “Coupon,” and this was an option to be printed. What I love is that it is perforated so it can actually be torn off for “redemption.”
This is the first cut-out.The inner piece is a seperate cut out and I also had the cricut write “Good For:” to give it a more profesh look. Then I just glued them together prior to filling out. Then I just filled them out! (I hate listening to talk radio on the AM station…the dull buzzing gives me a headache!)It’s coupons like these that make me want to request a coupon book for my next bday haha!I’m sure there are better ribbons or fancier ways of tying this…but I could only find brown ribbon and I knew he wouldn’t care haha. I just weaved it through the holes and tied it all together….I probably should have made the bow in the front… oh well!I also used the cricut writing feature to write “Matt’s coupon book” on the front.
Simple and easy gift and my man loved it!
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Oh how different everything is the second time around haha. I remember caring about every detail of everything for my 1st child….even the color’s for my shower. This time around, I told my friends Heather & Julie, they could choose any colors they wanted…and I loved the finished product! For my shower, or “Sprinkling,” they did a donut/brunch theme with multiple colors….you know, like sprinkles….how clever they are haha. This post is way past due, but better late than never. 🙂
A big thanks to these ladies for all they did!They dipped this letter E in actual sprinkles! So adorable!
I was obsessed with this dress! I also wore it in my maternity photoshoot. It’s from Nordstrom’s rack, its not a maternity dress (I just bought a bigger size), and they had it in black as well!A beautiful shot of my eldest Evangeline
This was an adorable idea they had: Every guest made a number/letter block for me, and after the shower, my friend Heather used Modge Podge to set them and I have a whole set of personalized, adorable blocks for my girls.
I need to post the finished product, but everyone wrote wishes for my daughter Elizabeth, and my friends made it into a keepsake book to have forever!
When it came time for my daughter’s 1st birthday party I immediately started looking for a heart piñata since it was a Valentine’s Day theme…but I couldn’t find one anywhere! So I decided to make my own. Trust me when I say this isn’t as cool as it sounds, it is cute, but making it myself made me so nervous it wouldn’t hold together. LUCKILY it did!…a little too well haha…my husband had to end up breaking it himself. FYI I seriously just made this up as I went along so if you decide to make one feel free to change things. I started by taping large pieces of paper together so that I could trace my giant heart.
I Folded the paper in half and drew my heart. I then cut out the paper heart and traced it onto cardboard. (Luckily I had a giant cardboard box from a wagon we bought). Then with an x-acto knife I cut out the hearts.Confession: I have no ruler, I measured the side panels with a C.D. lol.
I bent the side panels and just began glueing them onto one of the hearts. Things to keep in mind (that I didn’t): 1. Make an open flap for where to put the candy 2. Poke holes at the top and string rope through PRIOR to placing final heart haha After placing the last heart on top I taped all the edges just to make sure it was really secure. I covered my piñata with gold mylar using the hot glue gun again (But you could cover in anything). Since I wanted a side of it to be fringed, I cut strips (about 3″ thick) to fringe.To fill it with candy I cut a little square on the top of the heart, then glued and taped it back shut. Super easy! (DON’T cut the whole on the bottom).
Since I wasn’t blogging during Christmas time I thought I would show a highlight reel!
Graham Cracker Toffee:
Pecan Pie Bars:
(I used this recipe and it is amazing! The only thing I did differently is that I used wax paper instead of foil…MUCH easier!) DIY Photo Coasters (Gave as Xmas gifts):
Cinnamon Rolls: Butter Cookies:
(I got lazy and just cut them instead of using cute cookie cutters)
Molasses Cookies: A few personal photos:
E’s First snow
She passed out in Dad’s office following Christmas Eve ServiceChristmas Day E got this little buggy and loved it! I got the Target Bar Cart from my hubby! I LOVE IT!
Hope you all had an amazing and blessed Christmas!